KANGAROO Flat triathlete Leon Griffin crossed the line at the Ironman Texas 70.3 in third place at the weekend.
After a disappointing end to last week’s event in San Diego, Griffin managed to push on and finish on the podium at the Texas triathlon in Galveston, which is located on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
More than 2000 participants competed in the race.
“I was confident I'd put in a solid first couple of months work for the year and finally got to bust it out, finishing my first race this year and grabbing a podium with third place,” he said.
Griffin completed the 1.2 mile swim in 24 minutes and 51 seconds, the 56-mile bike course in 2.06.17 and the 13.1 mile run in 1.15.15.
Griffin said finishing in third place was a ‘little bit of a monkey off the back’ and gave him plenty of confidence going into the rest of the season.
“I kept eventual winner Richie Cunningham and runner up Brandon Marsh honest until halfway through the run,” he said.
“But being the third race in four weeks I've travelled to, I just pulled up a bit short on fitness to run it out to the end.”
Griffin is now in training for his next race - the Wildflower Triathlon in California between May 2 and 4.
"I'm really looking forward to working hard in the next month ahead in prep for my next race," he said.